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Poster: coolcatdaddy Date: Aug 22, 2010 5:53am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: What Is Gone

Again, keep in mind that part of the material has ownership claimed directly by RS and part of it by the estates of various personalities.

RS could be getting pressured by the estates to go after material being posted they feel infringes their rights.

There was an article in the LA Times back in the early 2000s about one of RS's rounds of take-down notices and the controversy over otr rights and copyrights. In the article, Armari, who was the head of the company at the time, trotted out a writer for a popular radio sitcom and their claims were based on a contract with him. The elderly writer praised Armari's work and how he was so glad to be getting a check.

It's a wonderful quaint little picture until you dug a little deeper - this writer had no claims to rights on the series. It was a work for hire and he didn't own the program.

After Armari left the company, I believe that RS did back off on some of the contracts they held because they didn't feel the case for them was very strong. However, I still think that some estates they're dealing with are being a bit broad in what they claim to have rights to.